Callie and her little brother Tyler have survived the spore wars and are now homeless orphans. Callie will do whatever it takes to give Tyler a betterCallie and her little brother Tyler have survived the spore wars and are now homeless orphans. Callie will do whatever it takes to give Tyler a better life and get him off the street. When she learns about a job that will bring in enough money to do this, she signs up. The job requires her to have a chip inserted in her brain that basically can be uploaded with the brain of an old person. Old people in this story can live past 100 years old by "renting" bodies of young ones like Callie.
The story takes off when Callie realizes that her inserted chip is malfunctioning and she learns about a plan to make the young ones, Starters, into permanent old ones, Enders. Knowing that renting a Starter can now become a purchase ... in other words, renters can become owners, Callie must expose the evils of this practice to free herself and save her brother. This story was really crazy and I was shocked several times as I considered what I might do if I was in Callie's position.
Without giving too much away I will say that Blake, another teen/Starter, really surprised me in the end and I can see why the next book in the series is entitled "Enders." ...more
This was a great family book! With six boys and six girls in the family there are bound to be adventures and fun. I liked how Mr. Gilbreth was such anThis was a great family book! With six boys and six girls in the family there are bound to be adventures and fun. I liked how Mr. Gilbreth was such an involved parent ... I loved the approach he took to table manners and teaching his children in unconventional ways. This story takes place in the days before WWI and the slang of that era was very unique by jingo! I thought it seemed crazy to call young men courting the girls "sheiks." And Mrs. Gilbreth was such a proper lady ... if anything seemed offensive she wouldn't allow it in her house. What she didn't approve of was referred to as being "Eskimo." Today that reference might seem a bit racist.
My favorite part was when the brothers, threatened to set fire to the tree with the "skunk" in it. The "skunk" was really a boyfriend/"peeping tom" who was trying to get a glimpse in the window of the older sisters as they undressed at night....more
Jack Higgins tells a good story! Harry and Max Kelso, “brothers in arms,” find themselves on opposing sides during WWII. The story begins when they arJack Higgins tells a good story! Harry and Max Kelso, “brothers in arms,” find themselves on opposing sides during WWII. The story begins when they are separated as young boys. When their father, an American fighter pilot, dies in a car cash, their mother, a German Baroness, wants to return to Europe with her sons… identical twins. Their grandfather doesn’t agree with her plan for the boys, but allows Max, the “oldest” twin to leave, as he is destined to become Baron one day.
Their father had a “lucky” bear that flew with him on every mission and although both boys wanted the bear, it remained in the states with Harry. Years later, when Harry himself begins to fly in the service, the bear flies along on each mission. Both boys grow to be highly decorated fighter pilots and because of their identical looks find themselves in a unique position to switch sides. Harry is shot down, then rescued by Germans, who want to use him and Max in an assassination plot against General Eisenhower. The bear disappears when Harry is captured, but later reappears to reveal the tragic and complicated story of their destiny. There is a surprise ending that puts a twist on the whole story. I enjoyed this book very much! ...more
**spoiler alert** This story is written as a letter, from Matthew to his little sister Emmy. Matthew tells how he and his sister Callie learned to sur**spoiler alert** This story is written as a letter, from Matthew to his little sister Emmy. Matthew tells how he and his sister Callie learned to survive the terror and fear of angering their mother Nikki, who both loves and torments them. Nikki is a single parent wrestling with demons (mental illness, drug abuse, and promiscuity). She is a manipulative and impulsive person. She often leaves the children alone while searching for her own "fulfillment." One night Matt and Callie sneak out for a popsicle and meet a man named Murdock. Matt thinks Murdock is a hero after witnessing his defense of a young boy being mistreated by his father. Nikki discovers Matthew’s obsession with Murdock; then she meets "the hero" and begins dating him. Life is now free of fear and worry, as the children feel protected when they are with him. When Murdock breaks up with Nikki because he can't tolerate her idea of "reckless fun," the children are again subject to Nikki's abuse. Nikki takes revenge on Murdock for breaking up with her and for stealing her children's affections (or so she believes). Matthew can't help wishing things would have worked out with Murdock, but he can't blame him for wanting to get away from Nikki. Matthew's letter details the events leading up to their own escape from their psychotic mother. In the end it is Murdock who is their salvation, making possible the intervention that the children need to try and live without mom, without FEAR....more